The New England Patriots have lots of things they will be sending the NFL home offices for explanation this week, I think...
Watching the Patriots/Chiefs game, one thing became readily apparent (As if it wasn't already):
NFL OFFICIALS SUCK BALLS.
First order of business: The 3rd and 4. Sammy Watkins was short of the 1st down marker. Refs made wrong call, NE challenged, Refs refused to correct an obviously bad spot. NE loses a challenge.
Second: Travis Kelce obviously fumbles the ball, NE recovers, and gets a large gain. Rather than let the play continue, as they do for every other instance when a fumble MIGHT have occurred, they immediately blow the whistle, ruling Kelce down. NE Challenges, and this time, the refs reverse the call on the field, as they should have...However, this leaves NE with no challenges remaining.
Third: This is where not having any challenges left, because the Refs made two obviously bad calls previously, cost New England the game, or at least a chance at overtime. Near the beginning of the 4th quarter, NE had 1st and 10 at the 15, with the score KC 23, NE 13. Brady completes to N. Harry, who scores a TD. The Refs ruled he was out of bounds at the 3. NE cannot challenge. Instant replay clearly shows that Harry never went out of bounds, that he was inbounds. But because it was outside of the two minute window, and because NE had no more challenges (thanks to 2 previously terrible calls by the refs), instead of making the score 23-20, NE had to settle for a FG, making the game 23-16. Thing is, all scoring plays are automatically reviewed. If they had simply let the play go, the review would have upheld that it was in fact, a TD and that he never stepped out of bounds. But because they ruled him out of bounds, there was no replay possible, even though it was clearly a bad call.
Fourth: This is where all of these mistakes by the officials come together. With 1:06 left in the game, NE found themselves in a 4th and 3, at the KC 5. Because they had to settle for the FG previously, because they couldn't challenge the erroneous out of bound play, they had to go for it. Had the refs gotten ANY of the 3 fucked up calls correct, the score wouldn't have been 23-16, it would have been 23-20, as either the TD would have been ruled correctly, or NE would have still had a challenge to get the non-TD call reversed...either way, that play, would have ended as a TD for the Patriots. So on their final drive, NE would have simply kicked the FG to force OT. The line of scrimmage was the 5 yard line. Odds are pretty good Folk makes that...Instead, they were forced to go for it, and missed.
Point is, if the refs call the non-TD play a TD, or if they had called the non-TD play wrong, but gotten either of the previous two bad calls correct, NE would have still had a challenge left for that non-TD call. Truth be told, if they had gotten the spot foul correct, the Kelce fumble never would have happened (it was on the same drive), and NE would have had both challenges left for the incorrect out of bounds/non-TD call.
Referee mistakes cost New England both of their challenges, and then cost them a clear TD that would have had a huge effect in how the end of the game played out. Patriots fans have a right to be pissed right now.